Perhaps she meant SP performance? She didn't go for the 3-3 and fell on the flip. Has she ever had less technical content in senior competition?
However, I can see why Miki could be very disappointed with her performance. Yes, she has had worse showings, but when they happened, Miki usually was badly out of shape (Olympics), sick with stomach flu (GPF 06) or battling an injury (all the other cases). Because of that she might had been not expecting much of herself and was glad just to get through her programs.
Today, however, Miki was reported to be in a really good shape in practices. she even landed 3-3s and 2A-3T. Furthermore, she really wanted to skate this program perfectly - it's a program dedicated to her deceased father. Miki said that she wanted to skate it with a feeling that her dad is looking at her from heaven.
After doing mistakes on elements that she executed perfectly in practice she might feel that she let her father (and herself) down.
I don't think she's looking through rose-tinted glasses. If anything, she's looking through black-tinted ones on today's SP. She has always been very critical of her own skating.
To directly quote the article (excuse the on-the-fly translation), "The performance wasn't my worst because of the failed jumps. I couldn't get myself in the mood, and I couldn't concentrate. It was to the extent that I wondered what it was exactly that I was trying to express".
It was pretty messy and her coach looked really mad. When they walked backstage she kind of looked at him and he seemingly ignored him . They then walked in different directions. .
First off, Nice job by Wagner (that was a pleasant surprise, even though it's a virtual tie)
but it looks from the scores that everyone was rather bleh. I thought Ando would have a sizable lead, though (based on how she was scored in Russia)
I think she'll end up winning anyway. But Wagner now has a VERY GOOD opportunity to make the GPF. All she needs is to medal and she's in the hunt. That said, if she does make it I think she'll struggle to be competitive with the field- her scores haven't been particularly impressive (mid-50s for the SP and < 110 for a clean LP performance??)
Poor Miki... I wonder what is causing her to be unable to perform as she wanted to. She's probably upset that she couldn't perform like during practice. I always remember her tears when she had to withdraw from the 2008 Worlds... that really made me empathize with her. She is vulnerable and emotional under her normally stoic face. That's when she won me over. I hope she will do better in the free to make her feel better. It's also sad that she wanted to do well for her deceased father as the SP is dedicated to him. I wish her the best but I still want Ashley to do well. Does that make sense?
Miki looked so beautiful, alive, energetic, confident and all the rest of it in the practice clip (and she often does in practices -like LA Worlds where fortunately she did just as fab in the comp). She was fast and the jumps fantastic. Last night, even from the moment she appeared in the 6-minute warmup she just looked different. To UR her lutz is so uncharacteristic of her (and lucky it was called UR) and her posture and speed didn't look as good as it did in the practice.
Like I could tell all this from a 1-minute long practice clip But this is what I observed.
I'm disappointed as I think she can do much much better- And she seems to think likewise.
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Should I delete it? Let's delete them.
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